When I switched to a plant-based diet, this was my go-to smoothie. Honestly I don’t even remember how I came up with the recipe, but I do remember loving it from the very first time I made it! I think it was part intuition, part luck. Whatever it was, I’ve stuck to this smoothie for three years now without changing the recipe one bit!
It’s green. It’s fresh. It’s tasty. Annndd it has a bunch of goodness in it! It’s a great way to start your morning or to re-energize after a yoga class or workout. I’d been craving this smoothie for a few days now, but never got to actually making it. Today, as I was running on the treadmill, I was thinking of what I would make myself for lunch. For some reason, it’s when I workout (whether it be running in the park or at the gym) that I get the most inspired to create new recipes. I guess it makes sense to try and distract your mind while your body has to endure a not-so-pleasurable activity, one that makes minutes seem to last forever! So as I was sweating and panting, I was also salivating on this wonderful salad or veggie bowl I would make when the suffering was finally over. I am exaggerating here. I do actually enjoy working out, maybe not so much in the process of doing so but afterwards I always feel more energized and overall happy. Anyway. when I got home I instantly changed my mind and finally caved in: I made this smoothie.
I also made a light lunch to accompany this green beauty, but I will go into more details about that in a next post (link here: Trio of Toasts). Until then, I hope you enjoy this smoothie as much as I do!
Green Smoothie – serves: 1 | prep time: 5 min | cooking time: none
- ½ ripe banana (fresh or frozen)
- ½ cup plain almond milk
- a large handful of spinach
- 1 small/medium pear
- 1 kiwi
- 5 or so fresh mint leaves
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- ½ lemon, juiced
- ½ cold water
- a couple ice cubes (optional)
(Just like I’ve never changed the ingredients in this recipe, I’ve also never changed the way I assemble it.)
Slice the ½ banana into thin slices and place them into your blender. Then add the almond milk.
Cut the pear in 2 and remove the core and seeds, then chop it into cubes directly over the blender so as not to lose any juice.
Cut the kiwi in 2 and use a small spoon to scoop out each half into your blender.
Then rip the mint leaves with your hands and throw that into the mix, along with the chia seeds and the lemon juice.
Once all the ingredients are ready, pour in the water and the ice cubes. Mix until you reach a smooth consistency.
Try not to drink too fast! ;)